INTERVIEW: Aaron Douglas comes to Lethbridge

Aaron Douglas comes to Lethbridge
By: Carey Rutherford & Rob Diaz-Marino
Date: December 2013 (Issue 122)
Source: GayCalgary and Edmonton Magazine

 

 

 

 

 

In the last decade, Aaron Douglas has been in feature films, TV movies, web movies, several different television series (both as mainstays and not), visited David Letterman more than once, and is now starting to write scripts himself.

GayCalgary Magazine had the pleasure of interviewing him for a third time as he was out for the Lethbridge Comic & Entertainment Expo, after hosting a hilarious discussion panel and signing autographs for adoring (and sometimes intimidating) fans.

While he is probably best known for his role in Battlestar Galactica, we caught him a bit off guard by bringing up the campy series Hemlock Grove as one of his credits.

“Did you like it? I liked it too. I liked working on it. They’re doing season 2 and I’m not back, so I don’t like it as much any more. …They’re going in a different direction, I’m sure it’s going to be great. …I would have liked to come back but they went another way.”

So what else has he been up to since he last spoke with us? He was able to rattle off a whole list of projects, and a few new updates:

“This year I did season 3 of The Killing. I did an episode of Falling Skies about a month ago. I did one of those Scifi movies of the week, Zodiac… I’ve been writing for the last few years, and I’ve got a feature script that I’ve been meeting with a studio in LA for the last couple of weeks and it looks like they’re going to make it! So, we’re going to be somewhere filming a movie I wrote, in the spring, which will be very cool. I got a call last night from my agent saying there’s a movie shooting in Salt Lake City that has offered me their bad guy role – you’re the first to find out about that! It’s not sealed, contract isn’t closed, but the offer’s there and I said yeah, I’d love to do it, sounds like fun. …So next year is either going to be profoundly busy or it’s all going to fall apart and I’m gonna come work for you guys!”

So dibs are called on the position for secretary. Aaron does like to tease – this was apparent for many who attended The Aaron Douglas Meet & Greet at Telegraph Tap House, where he got slightly drunk, pitted geek against geek with a trivia contest, and allowed the sexual innuendo to flow freely.

“I was a maniac… They asked me to come up early and do a meet and greet at a pub. Everybody has a couple of drinks and I get a beer…or 17. We just tell funny stories and just hang out. I really enjoyed that night, it was a lot of fun, other than the fact that the bar didn’t have the hockey game that I wanted – which is odd being in Canada. …When you’re in a pub there’s no kids, and when it’s late enough all the ‘churchies’ have gone to bed so I get to do whatever I want. That’s very exciting for me!”

It’s no secret that the man is good friends with Star Trek TNG celebrity Wil Wheaton, from the multitude of anecdotes he has about their experiences together, and the friendly behind-the-back insults.

“Will and I met at a Con in Sacramento years ago. I remember walking in and seeing him sitting there and going Geez: that’s Will Wheaton! Wow! That’s really cool! …Later, he was doing a panel, and was coming off the stage as I was going on, and as he was passing by me, we were both doing the Hey!, and then we both turned and said I’ve just gotta tell you I’m a huge fan. We both had a fanboy moment, and I started talking about his work and he started talking about my work, and was in the middle of watching Battlestar with his son, so it was a really unique moment. …Wil and I have become really good friends. He’s a wonderful man, remarkable human being, sweet guy…FRACK YOU WIL WHEATON!”

Considering how spontaneously funny he is, one has to wonder if he would be open to doing comedy instead of his increasingly frequent role as a bad guy.

“I’d love to do some comedy. Problem is…I just do dark show after dark show, so nobody sees me being funny other than my friends and people that attend cons. …Nobody sees me as the funny guy. In the industry it’s just like he’s dark, he’s big, I’m not Mike & Molly.”

We threw around some hyphoteticals, such as an appearance on Big Bang Theory where Wheaton regularly guest stars.

“Yes! Yes! I should do Big Bang Theory! Yes, somebody listen! I would love to do a little stint on that, or Modern Family. Or Archer! …Somehow I could be on Sheldon’s bowling team. If I showed up, and Wheaton’s bowling, he’s going to beat him, and then I show and he’s really going to get his ass kicked. It writes itself!”

Aaron Douglas is well aware that the bear community loves him, so we asked whether he would ever be willing to make an appearance at a gay bear event.

“Of course I would! Any excuse to hang out with fun people and have a drink, tell some stories, and just be an idiot. Life is too short to be so serious. Invite me, bears, invite me! …I love the fact that you don’t make me go to the gym. I love you for it, I really do!”

 

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NOTE: You can watch the video that accompanied this interview at http://www.aarondouglasfans.com/?p=15985

CONVENTION VIDEOS: Lethbridge Entertainment Expo (November 23 – 24, 2013)

Below is a video of Aaron at the Black Talon booth at the Lethbridge Entertainment Expo convention.

Douglas Vs Wheaton

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Video Description: Aaron Douglas at the Lethbridge Entertainment Expo has a few words for Mr. Wheaton.

CONVENTION PHOTOS: Lethbridge Entertainment Expo 2013 (Lethbridge, Alberta. CANADA) November 23rd – 24th, 2013

Photos © 2013 — Tracy Hickman (‏@trhickman) (twitter)

INTERVIEW (VIDEO): GayCalgary Magazine (November 23 – 24, 2013) Lethbridge Entertainment Expo 2013

Aaron Douglas comes to Lethbridge
By: Carey Rutherford & Rob Diaz-Marino
Date: December 2013 (Issue 122)
Source: GayCalgary and Edmonton Magazine

 

 

 

 

 


NOTE: You can read the interview that accompanied this video at http://www.aarondouglasfans.com/?p=16023

INTERVIEW: ‘Battlestar Galactica’ actor enjoys interaction with fans

‘Battlestar Galactica’ actor enjoys interaction with fans
By: Garrett Simmons
Date: November 23, 2013
Source: Lethbridge Herald

Aaron Douglas can hardly remember the last time he made a visit to our fair city.

“It’s been a long time since I’ve been in Lethbridge – probably since I was a kid playing hockey.”

Speaking in Lethbridge Friday morning, as he prepared for the Evening With Aaron Douglas event Friday night at The Telegraph Taphouse, the former “Battlestar Galactica” star spoke with excitement about his other appearances today and Sunday at the Lethbridge Entertainment Expo.

“I do these things all over the world but it’s always great to do them in Canada,” said Douglas, who is from British Columbia and is living in Vancouver.

The man commonly known simply at The Chief, for his portrayal of Chief Galen Tyrol in “Battlestar Galactica,” added he enjoys the friendly nature of Canadian fans, as he picks his appearances wisely now, and he only attends one or two conventions a year. “They’re quite fun. It’s a great way to meet people.”

His Friday-night appearance will be followed up by a slate of autograph signings and photo opportunities today at the expo at Exhibition Park, where Douglas will be stationed from 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. He will sign more autographs Sunday from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 3-5 p.m., with photos from 2-3 p.m. and participation in a panel discussion from 12:30-1:30 p.m. squeezed in between.

It’s all in a day’s work for the actor who has made his fair share of convention appearances over the years.

“I like traveling and I like to see other parts of the world and cities I wouldn’t otherwise go to.”

Speaking of new experiences, Douglas, who had been recently filming season three of “The Killing,” which followed a guest spot on “Falling Skies” and a role in the Science Fiction Channel movie “Zodiac,” will head back to Hollywood after his Alberta trip to get back to work on a project of his own.

“It’s an idea I had a couple of years ago,” said Douglas, of the project he is producing. “It’s about hunters and a group of guys who go into the woods on an annual trip and things go sideways.”

He put pen to paper in 2011 and has been working to see it come to fruition.

“For this one, I wanted to be part of it personally, and produce it and be on that side of the camera,” said Douglas, who added he has several other ideas which he hopes other studios will take the ball and run with. “It’s a long, glacial process.”

His current project is one Douglas would like to see ramp up with filming in March or April, which would lead to a late-2014 or early-2015 release.

But for this weekend, Douglas will look back on his acting career and will face a barrage of questions from “Battlestar Galactica” fans.

“They want to talk about the show,” said Douglas, who added topics like the set, working with other cast members and what it’s like to make a television show are often hot topics. “The typical fan in general will come to things and have no idea how TV is made.”

How Douglas witnessed his career being made included a number of small roles in 1999 and 2000.

“I started late,” he said of acting. He was 28 when he got his start, his big break coming in 2003 with “Battlestar Galactica.” “From then on I was able to take off, and I’ve been very fortunate since then.”

He’s appeared in “The Bridge” and “Hemlock Grove,” and said he now has about 72 film and television roles to his credit.

Douglas will be just one part of this weekend’s expo, which goes from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. today and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday at Exhibition Park.

CONVENTION APPEARANCE: Lethbridge Entertainment Expo 2013

Aaron is scheduled to appear at the following convention in CANADA.

Lethbridge Entertainment Expo
November 23rd – 24th, 2013
Lethbridge, Alberta. CANADA
http://lethbridgeexpo.com